Sock in process of being knit

Socks and Stress and Free Knitting Patterns

My renewed interest in knitting socks started when my mother was ill. 

Her feet were often cold.  She did not care for the local “store bought” socks.  And I kept  a watchful eye on her legs, as the sock legs often seemed too tight.  Even though her legs were quite thin.

My sister suggested I knit mother a pair of socks. 

And so I did.  I knit her knee-high socks, and carefully measured to have them fit comfortably. 

Since then, I’ve gone on to knit other socks.  And found an interesting association with stress and knitting socks.

When the leg of a sock takes less than 3 days of knitting, that’s a sign of stress.

Sock on needles just after turning heel

48 hours after starting sock


Knitting is one of the ways I relieve stress.  Recently I’ve become more aware of the signals my body sends that I’m fatigued or stressed.  This association with knitting is newly discovered.

And interesting.

The sock I knit when discovering this association is a free knitting pattern called Eagle’s Flight

It’s interesting.  I made the socks as a belated birthday present for a dear friend.  Or so I thought.

They arrived on a day she was stressed, and the socks were just what she needed.  On the day she needed them!

So one pair of socks helped relieve the stress of two people.

Don’t you just love “two for ones”?


Completed Eagle's Flight Socks

Passing on the love and care that goes into a knitted project that is appreciated by the recipient is one of my favorite parts of knitting.

Although sometimes it can be a challenge finding or creating a pattern that suits the recipient.

Over the years, I’ve checked out many online free knitting patterns sources, and have a handful of favorites. 

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To your healthy and happy knitting & caregiving,

Dr. InaThe Knitting Dr Logo
Ina Gilmore, M.D. (Retired)
“The Knitting Dr.”

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13 thoughts on “Socks and Stress and Free Knitting Patterns

  1. Yup! I’ve long suspected that the faster I knit the more stressed I am…..enjoyed this article……sounds just like me!

  2. I’ve been knitting for three years and learned socks about six months ago. Yep, it does relieve stress. In the evening when I am tired but can’t go to sleep I knit on my socks (4th pair so far) to relax.

  3. I love knitting socks. Just started to make them again, and realized how relaxing it is. I love to see the heel form. Amazing.

  4. I find knitting the heel is my least favourite part of the sock, but, I just grin and bear it knowing that it’s just a tiny part of the entire sock. Do you recommend knitting the 2 socks at the same time so that the knitter doesn’t get bored?

  5. Hi Shelley,
    Actually when I knit socks I prefer to do one at a time, mostly so I can make adjustments to the pattern on the first one and then use the “corrections: for the second. It’s all a matter of personal preference. My favorite socks are knit with an arch made by a combination of increases and decreases that keep me engaged. If you like knitting two at once, go for it. I also prefer to knit with short bamboo double pointed needles rather than circulars, and knitting two socks at once requires circulars I believe.

    That’s interesting how you feel about the heel. I like to do heels, although not the version most patterns call for. I found an “auto heel” in a book from the 1940s that I prefer. It fits better and is more enjoyable for me to knit. Thanks for your comment!

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